Sick Day

AppleProductsOne aspect of writing is that you don’t have any excuses to take a day off. It’s not like being a carpenter. When you’re sick, you can still write. To claim a sick day as a writer, you’d have to go blind, AND lose your voice, AND lose the use of your hands in this technological age. Voice recognition technology is getting better and better—and it’s getting good enough that it can get most of your words right. You can record notes, dictate essays, or even waste time sending voice-to-text messages, if you have the right device with the right program. Not to distract you with that, but can you imagine actually needing to send voice-to-text messages? It seems a bit excessive or superfluous to me. I’m sure there’s a use for it. Maybe you don’t type so well. Maybe you need your hands for other operations. It could be convenient to have a hands-free method of sending messages. But then there has to be a limitation on the other end too, such as the person on the other end has to be unavailable or unable to hear your voice message. I mean, why would they need a text-based message versus a voice-based message if you can give them a voice message? Anyway, I’ll let that one rest now. As a writer, you can’t just use the “I’m not feeling well” excuse like many jobs. I mean, you’d really have to be incapacitated to not be able to screw a few word-planks together.

Published by Kurt Gailey

This is where I'm supposed to brag about how I've written seven novels, twelve screenplays, thousands of short stories, four self-help books, and one children's early-reader, but I'd rather stay humble. You can find out about things I've written or follow my barchive (web archive, aka 'blog) at or follow me on twitter @kurt_gailey. I love sports and music and books, so if you're an athlete or in a band or you're a writer, give me a follow and I'll most likely follow you back. I've even been known to promote other people's projects.

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